Moji Japanese Eatery

Ice cream. Not my favourite. But if it has durian in it, than that’s a different story. So I was telling my cousin that I went to Moji for lunch and I wanted to try dessert someday. And so we did.

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Originally I ordered the Durian King. Sadly it was made and served but it was taken away after several seconds later. Apparently, according to my cousin (I was absent from the table when it was taken back), there was something wrong but  we didn’t know what. This was the first disappointment of the day.

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So I chose another dessert which was Cookies and Cream. It’s not what you think it is… it’s actually crushed oreos sprinkled on top of ice cream. There were two ice cream  flavours to choose from, but the matcha soft serve machine was broken…which meant I was left with the strawberry flavour. It was another disappointment to know that it was artificial strawberry flavour.

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Here is snippet of my cousin working behind the scenes for my blog. Haha! Much is appreciated, she know that.  : )

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I wouldn’t go back for dessert because of the limited choices. But I do recommend having lunch. There are many choices to choose from, ramen to rice dishes and many appetizers.
Visit Moji’s website here.

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Colette Grand Cafe

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On my restaurant list, Colette Grande Cafe would probably be listed under fancy. And from my experience it sure was fancy! I went there for brunch earlier this month because it was mom’s birthday.
I thoroughly enjoyed being served fresh juices along with digging into mountains of food, piled up high, consisting of pasta salads to a huge assortment of desserts.  There is also an omelette station, where you can customize your omelette and it will be served to your table when ready.

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I filled my first plate with a bit of everything: mango salad, crab salad, smoked salmon (my favourite from the whole buffet), shrimp cocktail, french toast, pancake & pasta salad (starting from 12 o’clock and  going clockwise). The salads were good (though I didn’t fancy the crab flavours), the pancake and toast were light and fluffy and the smoked salmon was to die for!

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The cafe was serving wellington, salmon wellington to be exact. I’m 99.9% sure that I never had wellington. To my surprise, the salmon was cooked perfectly (not over nor under) and the thin pastry wrapped the salmon snug tight.

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On one side of the restaurant, there was an assortment of items you would usually order for brunch: belgian waffles, fried chicken, pancakes, sausage, bacon and french toast.

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On the bar side, there were other items, such as salads, seafood (the brunch is famous for seafood), cheeses, quiches, fruits and desserts.

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I especially loved the fruit tart because it reminded me of the fruit flan I made during baking school.

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Colette Grande Cafe serves Sunday brunch for $54 per person. I would recommend trying this, if you fancy a nice change in brunch. It was a pleasant experience. I would definitely take my good friend here for her birthday.

Click here to visit Colette’s website.
Pictures via iPhone 6.

Piccolo Grande – Ottawa

The last entry of my Ottawa In A Day series like having a multi course meal for dinner. The final stretch of the series is obviously ending with a scoop (or two) of dessert (how classic). After doing my usual research aka reading tons of reviews, I chose to go to Piccolo Grande (means small big in Italian, according to Google translate).

This small cafe is at the edge of ByWard Market and we almost missed it. There is a lot of flavours to choose from, some gelato and some sorbet. They also have drinks, cakes and candy bars (the kind you’d find at a corner store).

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We were all full from dinner at Coaster’s Seafood Grill, so we decided to share two flavours; lemon sorbet and walnut gelato. The sorbet was really sour (just like eating a lemon) but unfortunately the walnut was stale (according to my parents).

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Piccolo Grande’s official website doesn’t seem to work. However, there’s a Facebook page, but it’s not really active.
Photos via Canon G12.